People tend to export Gmail emails to Thunderbird; Gmail is a web-based email service and Thunderbird is a desktop-based email client, for several reasons.
There is a risk that the Gmail account can be hacked or deleted, in which case, all your email data can be lost.
Other reasons like accidental deletion can also lead to users going through a lot of trouble to try and get the data back. Although, it is not always guaranteed that you will get your data back.
There is another reason to export emails from Gmail to Thunderbird i.e. Google outage. If in case, there is an outage on Google, none of the services offered by Google work.
In such situations, having your emails stored on a desktop-based platform can come in handy and allows you to access them in need.
To prevent various other mishaps, you should not focus on a single email provider and instead keep a backup of your data on your system.
It can easily be done by configuring the Gmail account in your desktop-based Thunderbird application.
There are two stages in which your emails can be exported to Thunderbird i.e. either by using a manual or a trusted solution.
Take a look at the first stage.
This stage can be completed either by using the manual method- Google Takeout or a trusted solution – Gmail Backup Software.
Let’s start with the manual technique.
Google Takeout is a tool offered by Google that can be used to create backups of your required Google data. It saves the data in the MBOX file format.
Steps to create a backup using Google Takeout are given below:
Step 1: Log in to your Google Account and go to the Google Takeout website
Step 2: Choose the Data & Personalization then click on the Download Your Data option
Step 3: Select the Deselect all button to begin the export of Gmail emails to the Thunderbird process
Step 4: Choose the Mail option for the email account whose backup you need
Step 5: Choose the Delivery Mode, File Format, and File Size for the selected items
Step 6: Next, click on the Create Archive tab to begin the download process
Step 7: After the download has begun, the user can track the progress on the monitor.
The data downloaded will be a .zip file. After the .zip file is extracted, a file in MBOX format is received.
The software mentioned above will assist you if you need fast and reliable service to backup your emails.
It allows you to backup emails with attachments, calendars, contacts, and Google Drive documents in batches to your PC without disrupting your folder hierarchy. Using the email filtering function, you can backup data within a specific time range.
Furthermore, the tool has a Delete After Download feature that deletes all emails immediately from the server after you export Gmail emails to Thunderbird.
Here are 5 easy actions to download your emails:
1. “Launch” and “Download” the tool on your Windows machine and enter your credentials. Click on Login to begin.
Note: If you are a Mac OS user, you can find the download links below:
2. Choose MBOX as the file format under the Select Email Format field.
3. Look in the “Destination field” by clicking on the Browse button for storing the backup data.
4. Click on the Apply Filters option to selectively export emails from Gmail to Thunderbird by making use of the Date-Range and Category filters.
5. To complete the process of backing up emails, press the “Start” button.
After completing this stage, you can check if there is any other email that you may have received recently and hasn’t been downloaded.
If there is any, you can export only the newly received email(s) by running the tool again and marking Incremental Backup option.
Also, take a look at the export report to check the fail and success count.
After saving your emails in Thunderbird compatible file format, open your Thunderbird account and follow the instructions:
Step 1: Pick Tools from the menu bar, then Import/Export Tools and select the import MBOX file option.
Step 2: Select the ‘Import directly one or more MBOX files‘ radio option.
Step 3: Using the program, choose the previously downloaded file from the system.
Users decide to migrate from one network to another due to changes in their preferences and priorities. Most people are now switching to the Mozilla Thunderbird email clients because of its ability to keep data protected.
Thus, in this article, both the manual and automatic process to export Gmail emails to Thunderbird are explained in detail.